Last Train Home, part of the International Foreign Film Series sponsored by the Office of International Education, will be shown on Sunday, April 1, 2012, in McVitty Auditorium, Sprowls Hall, at 5:30 and 8:00 p.m.
Both showings are free. Last Train Home will be in its original language, with English subtitles. Musicians will perform before the film.
Every spring, China’s cities are plunged into chaos as 130 million migrant workers journey to their home villages for the New Year’s holiday. This mass exodus is the world’s largest human migration—an epic spectacle that reveals a country tragically caught between its rural past and industrial future. Working over several years in classic verité style, Chinese-Canadian filmmaker Lixin Fan (with the producers of the award-winning hit documentary Up the Yangtze) travels with one couple who have embarked on this annual trek for almost two decades. Like so many of China’s rural poor, Changhua and Sugin Zhang left behind their two infant children for grueling factory jobs. Their daughter Qin—now a restless and rebellious teenager—both bitterly resents their absence and longs for her own freedom away from school, much to the utter devastation of her parents. Emotionally engaging and starkly beautiful, Last Train Home’s intimate observation of one fractured family sheds light on the human cost of China’s ascendance as an economic superpower. — © Zeitgeist Films
Jessica Erhu, bowed instrument
For more than fifteen years, the Office of International Education has organized and sponsored the Foreign Film and Music Series during the Spring semester. The festival shows six recent foreign films in their original language with English subtitles. Most evenings, local musicians perform before the film. All showings are free.
This year, films will be shown in McVitty Auditorium, Sprowls Hall. Shows begin at 5:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.